Should UK aid to Afghanistan be increased?
UK spending on aid projects in Afghanistan will increase by 40% in a bid to hasten the withdrawal of troops from the country. Will this bring stability to the region?
It is believed the money will go towards more policing, emergency food and medicine as well as providing thousands of job and training opportunities. However, this could mean that spending on aid to many other countries will be reviewed.
International development is one of only two government budgets, along with health, set to be protected from far-reaching spending cuts being imposed by the Treasury.
Can increased spending on international aid be justified during the economic crisis? Have the right priorities been made? Should securing progress in Afghanistan be the UK's main priority? Will the proposed measures hasten the withdrawal of British troops?
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